I just want to sleep all week or maybe play some games
Today's Bridge: We were short one, but I dragged Jarrett out of his office to join us, and he was a trooper about it. Granted, he passed a couple of really strong hands (19 points and A-K-Q-x-x of diamonds!) because he miscounted his points, but that's the learning process. He got a great lesson in why a singleton 7 isn't a stopper in a notrump contract, and how you tell your partner in no uncertain terms that spades are trump. My hand was S K-Q-J-10-9-8-5 H x-x D 10-x-x C x and Ken opened 1C. I considered jumping straight to 4S, but I stuck with 1S, and Jarrett balanced with 2H. Ken bid 3C, and this time, I did go to 4S. Ken's hand was S 7-x H Q-x-x D A-K-x C A-Q-J-9-8. Even if the opponents cash their hearts right away, I can still make the contract by correctly guessing where the king of clubs is - I can sluff the diamond loser either by leading to the queen for a finesse or taking the ace, running the queen for a ruffing finesse, and setting up the jack as long as I still have a diamond entry. However, Jarrett started with a low club, so I had a guaranteed line that I decided to take. I took the ace of clubs right away and led the queen, tossing a heart when Paul didn't produce the king. Jarrett didn't either, so I proceeded to pull trump in two rounds, with Paul taking the ace on the second. He led another club, so I threw the other heart - a mistake, I think, because if I ruff, I can use the two diamonds as entries to attempt to ruff out the king and set up the suit. If it doesn't fall, though, I'm left with only my four, whereas after Jarrett took the king, the remaining clubs were all good (the ten fell to the jack), so I sluffed my diamonds for an overtrick.
Today's Work: I did what I needed to do, and that's where it's going to sit until after Thanksgiving. I'm looking forward to having a week off.